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The Final Report on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2009 has been released. The SA Law Reform Institute of the University of Adelaide was asked to undertake the independent statutory review.

The Government will now consider the recommendations and work on what the next steps will be, in consultation with key mental health groups and consumers.

Further information is available at:

11 May 2024

Summary Document for Public Release: Independent Review into the Care of a Patient following a Critical Incident at Plympton in December 2023

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9 April 2024

Chief Psychiatrist Suicide Prevention Pathway Standard and Guideline for Consultation

In line with the implementation of Towards Zero Suicides (TZS) Initiative in SA Health facilities, a Chief Psychiatrist Standard and Guideline has been developed for the establishment of a Suicide Prevention Pathway (SPP), which is a clinical pathway for people in suicide and self-harm distress.

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4 April 2024

Southern Intermediate Care Centre: Outcome of Sector Consultation

In 2023 the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist (OCP), in partnership with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN), undertook a consultation to consider possible future mental health uses for the Southern Intermediate Care Centre (ICC) at Noarlunga.

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14 March 2024

Mental Health and Emergency Services Memorandum of Understanding 2023

From 1 February 2024 an updated Mental Health and Emergency Services Memorandum of Understanding is in effect. Signed by the Minister for Health, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Chief Executive Department for Health and Wellbeing, Commissioner of Police, Chief Executive Officer SA Ambulance Service and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Flying Doctor Service, the MOU establishes an agreed framework to ensure that people who have or appear to have a mental illness receive safe transport and timely access to assessment and treatment services. The MOU is supported by Local Liaison Groups in each area.

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1 March 2024

CAMHS APY Lands Service Progress Review

In November 2021 the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist undertook an independent review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjajara (APY) Lands. In 2023 the Office undertook a follow-up review to consider progress in re-establishing services.

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12 January 2024

Noarlunga Health Services, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, James Nash House Change in Gazettal Conditions

As a result of recent visits, the following gazettal conditions have been placed effective 11 January 2024. This is to address building limitations placing a condition on the use of dual occupancy rooms at Noarlunga and the QEH, and conditions at Birdwood Ward related to the physical condition of the building. It is expected that redesign and renovation will be required at all three sites so that these conditions can be lifted:

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12 January 2024

New Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard for Sexual Safety in Mental Health Services

The Office of the Chief Psychiatrist has developed the Chief Psychiatrist’s Standard – Sexual Safety in Mental Health Services, as a strategy to address sexual and gender-based violence in mental health settings. The Standard describes expectations in relation to the creation and maintenance of sexually safe and gender sensitive environments for the delivery of mental health services in South Australia, namely, those locations where a person with a mental illness may be assessed and treated in a health setting under the Mental Health Act 2009, including hospital inpatient or community mental health settings.

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15 December 2023

Consultation on the Future of Mental Health Laws extended

Consultation on the development of a Mental Health and Wellbeing Act has been extended. A discussion paper has been released on the YourSAy consultation site https://yoursay.sa.gov.au/mentalhealthactreview. Submissions can now be received until Friday 12 January 2024.

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